03-28-2012 Inner Circle

03-28-2012 Inner Circle

Greetings Turbo Regal Inner Circle Members - 03-28-2012


In our June 29th, 2011 Inner Circle we showed a unique rough-looking 1987 Grand National diecast model in 1:18 scale. The company made just 12 of these.

This same company, Backyard Conversions, has also made a 1987 Grand National convertible diecast in the same 1:18 scale. Their website is - www.backyardconversions.com. When you go to their website, click on heading, "About Us." It shows in great detail how they convert a hardtop diecast car into a convertible.

They did 36 of these Grand National convertibles and I am told they are all sold out. Unlike the other custom one we featured, to create a convertible had to be a lot of work. It does have the GMP logo on the frame so I assume it has been converted from an existing diecast. Unlike the other one this one has the GNX suspension on it and the GNX wheels, yet the decals on the fender are the Grand National decals. The GMP GNX has fender louvers, which had to be removed from this diecast. Although not visible in the photo the dash is the GNX style dash.

PHOTO 1 - Top left photo shows the custom-made box the company did to package the unique Buick GNX/GN convertible. The other photos show various views of the actual Grand National diecast car. The sun visors have been added (the original GMP diecast does not have sun visors.) The silver frame you see around the windshield is actually aluminum. That had to be custom made. The convertible top boot that lies across the back was probably fabricated as well. The quality is excellent. It features a Florida license plate that reads, "1 of 36." The hood opens to reveal the engine.

I have been told the company has sold out of the 36 they made. This one belongs to a customer of ours who bought two of them and wants to sell this one. If you are interested in purchasing this unique 1 of 36 produced GNX/GN convertibles, email me direct - [email protected] The price is $200 and $12 shipping.

If this car existed in actual size, it would be quite unique as not only being a convertible and having the exterior look like a Grand National, but internally is a GNX!


Back in 1946, the Lincoln was powered by a V12 flathead engine that put out only 130 hp. The car was vastly underpowered when fitted in the convertible Lincoln. Only 201 Lincoln convertibles were built that year. The car weighed over 4,000 lbs.

The original owner of this particular Lincoln is not known, but in the early 1950s, a Captain Smart owned it. At the time, he was stationed at the Willow Grove Naval airbase located in Pennsylvania.

At this point, George Hurst was just starting out making engine mounts in nearby Abington, Pennsylvania. Captain Smart had George Hurst fabricate engine mounts and they installed a 1956 Cadillac V8 engine with 285 hp.

In September of 1956, the Lincoln Continental Owners Club held their Third National event in Boyne Mountain, Michigan. George Hurst was awarded "Best Engine Conversion" in a Lincoln. Since the club had a specific class for engine conversions, I assume this was a popular thing to do on these Lincolns, due to their extreme weight and lack of power.

Fast forward to 2004 and this same Lincoln was sold from the estate of a wealthy businessman from Chicago at the 2004 Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky. At this point, its unique history was not known. However, the new owner removed the radiator cover and discovered a copper plaque, which was placed there by George Hurst, and it validated the engine conversion. The plaque reads, "CUSTOM CONVERSION GEORGE HURST ABINGTON, PENNA." (My wife and I grew up in the town next to Abington and I remember where that shop was located). That owner has recently passed away and the 1946 Lincoln Continental convertible is again up for sale.

Here is the link to information on this car -

George Hurst would team up with Bill Campbell and they later went on to also make shifters and eventually land several OEM accounts, most notably Pontiac.

PHOTO 2 - Recently we have been writing about acquiring all the records you can on your car and obtaining a Window Sticker. I probably have the one most desirable item that connects George Hurst to this particular Lincoln, besides the plate under the hood. It came originally from George Hurst's estate and I purchased it about 2 years ago from Pete Serio.

The photo on the top right shows George Hurst (on the right) in front of the 1946 Lincoln Continental convertible accepting the trophy at the 1956 Lincoln Continental Owners Club in Boyne Mountain, Michigan. The photo on the left shows the actual trophy, which stands about 18" tall. The inscription reads, "BEST ENGINE CONVERSION LINCOLN CONTINENTAL OWNERS CLUB THIRD ANNUAL MEET BOYNE FALLS MICHIGAN SEPTEMBER 1956." On the metal plate attached to the base is a line engraving of a 1946 Lincoln Continental convertible.

The car is currently for sale with a price of $175,000 and has been appraised for $218,000. So, it appears I have a pretty valuable item associated with one extremely rare 1946 Lincoln Continental convertible!

I have an April 1, 1947 Red Book (shown in the photo in the lower right), which shows used car prices. When it was new, the 1946 Lincoln Continental convertible listed for $4,474. This was quite a handsome sum in 1946. A typical Ford in 1946 sold for under $2,000.

So, if you do any spring housecleaning, and have some trophies that you have won gathering dust, you may want to dust them off and keep them for the next owner of your car!

I talked to Bill Campbell this past Sunday. He had just started to work with George Hurst in 1956, and actually did some work on several of the Lincoln conversions back in 1956-1957. He says only a handful of these Lincolns were ever done and one of the best conversions they did was to put a brand new 1956 Buick V8 engine and drivetrain in a Lincoln Continental convertible. George Hurst did not own the Lincoln that won for best engine conversion, but as the photo shows he was there to accept the trophy in Michigan back in September of 1956 from the Lincoln Continental Owners Club for doing the conversion work.


We have all seen them along major highways - billboards featuring various products, including new cars. In my collection I actually have a 1987 Buick promotional flyer that dealers would have ordered outdoor billboard posters for.

Interesting enough, Buick only offered billboard posters for 8 models. The Regal was NOT one of them. So, in 1987 Buick's hottest car was not even offered on a billboard from Buick, according to this brochure! I guess they did not need to advertise any of the Regal/Turbo models.

PHOTO 3 - The top left photo shows the actual 11" x 8-1/2" brochure with the Hawk logo on the front. The top right photo shows the Buick Riviera T-Type. The dealer info would be printed of the poster where it reads, "HOMETOWN BUICK." The lower left photo shows two lesser exciting Buick models, the Buick Somerset and the Buick Century Limited. The lower right photo is the Order Form listing what was available. No prices are listed, so I have no idea what Buick charged dealers for billboard posters back then.


At our upcoming Spring Open House, one of the special door prizes will be this custom-made men's Grand National watch. It has a quality quartz movement, chrome body and black rotating bezel, with a stainless back cover, custom dial measures 1-1/4", durable flexible stainless band, water resistant, and has a long life "silver oxide" battery.

It is one of the best looking watches I have seen featuring the Buick and Grand National logos on the face of the dial. This is just one of the unique door prizes we will have at our Open House.

PHOTO 4 - Shows the Buick Grand National men's watch that will be one of several door prizes that will be given away at our April 14th Open House. This is, by far, one of the nicest watches we have seen for any Grand National owner.

SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012 - 9 am until 3 pm.

Currently, we have one fiberglass hood and one fiberglass trunk lid that will be available at our April 14th Open House. You save shipping, plus they are eligible for a slight discount. However, a deposit of $50 is required to hold either or both for pick up at our April 14th Open House.

Also, you can save shipping if you want to order a Pypes Exhaust System for pick up. A $50 deposit will hold a system to have for pick up at our April 14th Open House.


Fairfield Collectibles has just released a 1:18 scale Buick Grand National. The doors, hood, and trunk open. It looks stock except the car is lowered and rides on huge aftermarket rims. The price is $59.99, stock number 10219CM. Their website is - www.fairfieldcollectibles.com - Phone - 800-964-8908.


HOT ROD magazine, May 2012 issue has a four-page article featuring a 1963 Nova SS convertible that is powered by a 1986-1987 turbo Buick engine. The car is a Nova SS model convertible, which is extremely rare. Chad Hartmann is the owner and hails from Omaha, Nebraska. So far his best time is 11.38 at 114 mph. He says the turbo engine is docile enough for daily use! I am sure with summer coming, Chad will be out cruising in it!


1984-1987 Buick Regal (All Models without Touch Climate Control Option) -

This plastic pivot bracket controls the blend door cable for the heater/AC. It usually breaks due to age and heat. It has been discontinued from GM several years ago.

It fits all 1984-1987 Regal models, except models with the optional touch climate control feature, Code C68. The touch climate control was not offered in 1987.

Another excellent replacement part for any interior restoration.

7388 - 1984-1987 Buick Regal (All Models without the Touch Climate Control Option) -
HEAT/AC Door Cable Pivot Bracket - $29.95

Here is the link to view these on our website -


We finally have all the Reproduction Vintage Inspection Stickers on the website. Here is the link to view them -

1978-1987 Buick Regal (All Bucket Seat Models) -

Over time, the seat cushions deteriorate, especially the driver’s side.

We offer reproduction seat cushion bun replacements for the 1978-1987 front bucket seats.

These are made for the 1984-1988 Monte Carlo SS, but will also fit 1978-1987 Buick Regals. However, these will not work if you have the Lear Siegler bucket seats.

If you are having the interior restored, this is the time to replace the seat cushions.

NOTE - We recommend these seat cushions be covered by an upholstery shop.

Seat cushions are drop shipped to you and the box is oversized, so shipping is calculated accordingly.

7395 - 1978-1987 Buick Regal (All Bucket Seat Models) - Reproduction Bucket Seat Cushion Buns (1 Base & 1 Back Cushions) 2-piece Set $137.95 / 2-piece set

7396 - 1978-1987 Buick Regal (All Bucket Seat Models) - Reproduction Bucket Seat Cushion Buns (2 Base & 2 Back Cushions) Complete 4-piece Set $259.95 / 4-piece set

Here is the link to view these on our website -

The next item we have the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal and 1989 Turbo Trans Am - Powerlogger Scan Tool. Many of the hard-core racers are very familiar with this product. It was developed and produced by Bob Bailey, who also did the very popular Scanmaster and Translater we offer.

1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal and 1989 Turbo Trans Am -

This is a plug and play setup to help tune and troubleshoot. It records at 25 frames per second. It has been available for several years and has a proven track record.

The most advanced data-logging scan tool available today for the 1986-1987 Turbo Buicks and 1989 Turbo Trans Ams.

It connects to a USB port on a laptop (needs Win98SE, 2000, XP, Vista). Simply plugs into the ECM and a slight modification of the ECM case is necessary. It’s very easy to do.

Comes with a chip to update a Scanmaster 2.1 to the 2.2 version, so the Scanmaster can be connected to the Powerlogger for faster updating, wideband and boost display.

Powerlogger comes with complete directions explaining all of the various features. It can review, monitor and record.

NOTE - We also offer the 1986-1987 Turbo Regal - Scanmaster 2.1 Diagnostic Tool, Part #6783

Another helpful aid for your toolbox.

7383 - 1986-1987 Buick Turbo Regal and 1989 Turbo Trans Am -
Powerlogger Scan Tool - $264.99

Here is the link to the Powerlogger Scan Tool on our website -

Keep in mind, the deadline is fast approaching to save money on the new reproduction 1978-1987 Regal upper dash panel. You can give a deposit now to get the introductory price. You can also arrange to pick it up at our Open House and save shipping charges.

Below is all the information on this new reproduction upper dash trim panel. We have an actual production part in house, and it is dead-on identical to the factory upper dash panel. The big advantage is these new panels are molded in grey, rather than blue like GM did.


As many of you know, the upper dash trim panel was discontinued a while ago from GM. Some have appeared on eBay fetching $250 or more. Finding one not cracked or warped is like finding a good used powermaster brake bowl. Slim at best!

Well, we have some good news. One is currently being made that is injection molded, just like the original. This first run is being produced in grey color rather than how GM did it in an off-color blue. We have seen an actual finished part and it is dead-on accurate to the original. So much so, you would not see any difference between two new ones if you saw them in a photo or even in person.

Because we know this will be a popular item, we are offering you a special introductory price so we know in advance how many to have order. The suggested retail price will be $199.95. If you call our office now and place your order, the price will be just $179.95. To lock in at that introductory price, we require a $25 deposit.

This introductory price is only good until Friday, March 30th, noon eastern time. We fully expect to be able to fill our orders by the first week of April. We will be one of the very first sources to have them available.

This panel is correct and fits all 1978 through 1987 Regals, not just Turbo models

Here is the complete information on this panel.

1978-1987 Buick Regal (All A-Body & G-Body Models) -

Today, an original upper dash trim panel is usually cracked on most original Regals. It sits between the upper dash pad and the windshield.

This reproduction upper dash trim panel will fit any 1978-1987 Buick Regal and is made by the same process that GM used originally, injection molded. The quality is excellent. We have seen a production sample and it is dead-on match to the original GM panel. The grey is impregnated into the plastic, which will closely match the original Grand National grey trim colors.

The panel comes in grey and can be painted to match the interior of your car.

For other colors, we offer some interior color spray paints (see Miscellaneous Section.)

7386 - 1978-1987 Buick Regal (All A-Body & G-Body Models) - Reproduction Upper Dash Trim Panel $199.95 + $15 Shipping
SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PRICE - $179.95 (Save $20) if you place a $25 deposit before March 30th, 12 noon. Orders are expected to be filled the first week of April.

NOTE - Because a special shipping box is required, there is a $15 shipping charge on this reproduction upper dash trim panel.

Here is the link to this reproduction Upper Dash Trim Panel on the website.


This car is still available at $19,500. This is for the 400-mile red 2002 SLP Formula Firebird we pictured in the 11-16-2011 Inner Circle. This car will be finding a new home at some point.


Pete Hoffman has a limited number of the reproduction GNX Suspension Systems available. These are the Richard Clark systems that he has had made locally.

They are nearly exact to the originals, down to the welds and material used. They come with complete detailed instructions.

Limited availability! Call or email Pete 215-778-1036
[email protected]


Got any turbo parts you are not using? Why not cash them in for parts you need with a Letter of Credit. Simply email me a list - [email protected]

Also, we are still buying dead or partially dead 1984-1987 Turbo Regals under $4,000 that are within 250 to 350 miles of our location.

NOTE ABOUT PHOTOS ON THE WEBSITE - We have heard from a couple people that have viewed the photos on the website. Because these have to be low-resolution photos to work on the Inner Circle segments on the website, any photos of text don't appear clear when enlarged. This is a problem when you are trying to see numbers, such as those on the VIN labels or pages from Options booklet. Also, because of photo reproduction and computer screen variations, the colors may not be true to the actual product or photo.

If you would like to have us email you any photo at the higher resolution for viewing, just email us and we will email them to you. Be sure to be specific on which pictures you want to see - Reference Inner Circle date and photo number 1, 2, 3 or 4 - [email protected]


KIRBAN OPEN HOUSE - SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012 - 9 am until 3 pm.
Located at 6201 Kellers Church Road, Plumsteadville, PA 18949.
NOTE - If you are using a GPS, you may have to put in Pipersville 18947 as the town.

Our Open House is one of the first Buick events of the 2012 season.

Yum Yum donuts, raffle items, M & M contest, and 5% discount on in-stock catalog items. Save on shipping! Pete Hoffman, and myself will have used parts for sale. Paul Castle from World of Motorworks will also be at this event.

One of our local customers will have on display a completely rebuilt show-quality 1987 Turbo engine. The amount of time and effort into this is truly amazing.

Once again we will have bake goods for sale with all the proceeds going to the Molly Scholarship Fund, like we did last year. We hope many of you can plan to attend.

Here's a link to our Open House on our website:

April 27-29, 2012
It's time to register for the 2nd Annual Ride on Molly ride in California!

The event purpose is two-fold – It serves as a gathering of friends to honor Molly and to provide a remembrance of the positive impact he had on so many lives. It also benefits Molly and Terry's daughter Brooke, by adding to her college fund.

Donations to participate in the ride are neither required nor expected. However, 100% of all donations received will be placed in Brooke's college fund as they were last year. Since donations go to a personal fund, they are not tax deductible.

NOTE – If anyone from our Inner Circle is planning to attend this event, please let us know. We would appreciate having photos and coverage of the ride.

Here is the link for their website:

TURBOBUICK.COM NATIONALS 2012 - MAY 2 - MAY 5, 2012 - Burlington, NC

For the latest information, go to - www.turbobuick.com/forums or - [email protected]

Event will feature free food, dyno, tech sessions, drag racing, and Auto-X. This is one of the first Turbo Buick events for the year 2012. Already they have many of the top vendors confirmed that will be at this event. Several key speakers are also confirmed.

The luncheon is absolutely free. However, you must email my wife Eileen if you are going to be there for the free Thursday lunch. Her email is - [email protected]

For the most up-to-date information on Race Classes and other activities, go to -http://turbobuick.com/forums/forums/2012-turbobuick-com-nationals-may-2nd-5th-sponsore.168/

Here's a link to this event on our website:

31st ANNUAL PEACH BLOSSOM B.O.P.C. - MAY 4th and 5th, 2012 - Car Show & Swap Meet
Marriott Atlanta Northeast, 200 Interstate North Parkway, Atlanta, GA

Open to all Buicks, Oldsmobiles, Pontiacs and Cadillacs. Hosted by the Southeastern GTO Association. There is a reception Friday night and the Car Show is on Saturday. For more info, contact Ed Bellair at 770-428-4934 or email - [email protected]

3RD ANNUAL BUICK RACE DAY - May 26th, 2012
Lebanon Valley Dragway, Lebanon, New York.
For more info, phone number for the racetrack is 518-794-7130. To reach John Csordas - 845-528-GSGN or his cell is 914-447-6068.

22ND ANNUAL BUICK RACEDAY - JUNE 15th, 16th and 17th, 2012
Summit Motorsports Park, Norwalk, Ohio.

Hotels - Best Western Norwalk - 419-663-3501 or All American Inn Norwalk - 419-663-1922.
For more info, contact Roberta Vasilow 810-655-8277 email - [email protected]
or Bill Wills 330-747-1029 email [email protected]

AUGUST 3rd and 4th, 2012
National Trail Raceway, Hebron, Ohio
The theme this year is the "Class of 1987." Open to all Buick models built in 1987.

September 21st and 22nd 2012
Cecil County Dragway, Maryland
Event is open to all models of Buicks

Featuring the 2nd annual MAGNA (Mid-Atlantic Grand National Assc.) All Buick powered judged car show! All Buick's! All years! All makes!

Goodie bags for the first 50 Buick's in the show. Door prizes all day and 50/50 to win some cash. The ONLY ALL Buick car show on the east coast!

For more information contact Doug Dougherty 302-653-2201 or John Csordas 914-447-6068 or email questions to [email protected] or [email protected] visit their website http://tristategsclub.com

Beach Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, Kentucky

Racing is FREE on Wednesday, October 17th. The new dates are Oct. 17-20, 2012. Because of the reschedule, they have negotiated FREE racing on Wednesday, October 17th. This includes "everyone" who comes thru the gate and pays the usual nominal entrance fee. There is NO usual additional charge to race your Buick powered cars on Wednesday.

The BCA (Buick Club of America) will be joining the GSCA event. This combination will make for a well-rounded event featuring all kinds of Buicks. This is one fall event you do not want to miss!


If you would like to see any of the Kirban Performance Products items listed on eBay, here is a link to our store and auctions - http://stores.ebay.com/Kirban-Performance-Products-Inc_W0QQssPageNameZl2QQtZ%20km


Any inquiries concerning used parts, you must email me direct - [email protected] - I will answer you. However, if I fail to answer you within 24 hours, please email us again. Since expanding into used parts, I get a lot of emails and sometimes I may forget your request or may not remember who requested the item.

IN CLOSING - Our annual Spring Open House is now just a few weeks away. Be sure to plan to attend.

Be sure to bring any good used parts you want to trade and also any powermaster cores.

Be sure to place your order to get the introductory price for the new reproduction 1978-1987 Regal upper dash panel. Quality is dead-on exact. A $25 deposit locks you in at the sale price as long as it is done prior to this FRIDAY - March 30th, 12 noon eastern time. We will be one of the very first sources to have this available. You can pick this up at our Open House and avoid shipping charges, if you buy it in advance at the introductory price!